Tag: education

Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Special – TOEFL Idioms Part II

TOEFL idioms are back with part II.  This is the beginning of my new schedule which I launched yesterday.  So, let’s break down these idioms! Idioms Hit The Books – Study So when we say “hit the books,” this means to study. Usage: “I…

Arsenio’s ESL Blog: Special Segment – TOEFL IBT Speaking Practice

Welcome to my blog, everyone! For those of you who are returning, welcome back. For those of you who are new here, welcome to my first ever TOEFL IBT speaking practice. Although TOEFL IBT is becoming more obsolete (IELTS is replacing it), I figured…

Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 2 – Episode 48 – Grammar – Reported Speech

Reported speech is all about repeating what someone said, but going a tense back.  Direct speech statements. Antwone fisher is my favorite drama movie. I hope children of all ages will love the new book. I think I’ve just swum the length of the…

Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 2 – Episode 47 – Pronunciation – Interactive Exercise + Bonus Teaching Hours

I wanted to do this with you guys and provide you with a bonus feature, too.  So, last week (or about two weeks ago), I did an interactive exercise with you guys.  You were suppose to enunciate a paragraph and send it to me,…

Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 2 – Episode 45 – Vocabulary – Noun Suffixes -ness, -ship, -dom

There’s always time and room for understanding suffixes.  These suffixes are used to describe a person’s state of “feeling.” Which suffix, -ness, -ship, or -dom, can we add to the words down below? Words: bored, free, friend, happy, ill, king, leader, lonely, mad, relation,…

Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 2 – Episode 44 – Pronunciation – Voice & Unvoiced Stretching

Hello, everyone! I want to emphasize how the stretch the vowel (voice) versus voiceless sounds.  Many of my students still have difficulty with producing the voice sounds compared to voiceless, so here’s an exercise for you!   /p/             …

Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: International Guest Speaker – Vart of Armenia!

Today was a very special day. My goal, as you all know, is to bring on every nationality on the planet.  I know there will be difficulties bringing on some of the African nations like Yemen, Rwanda and Sierra Leone, but it could be…

Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 2 – Episode 43 – Grammar – Used To/Didn’t Use To

Used to and didn’t use to can sometimes be confusing, so I decided to make a short blog and podcast about it. I used to walk to school when I was younger. They didn’t use to go to the University of Wisconsin. Rules: We…

Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: International Guest Speaker – Nathan of Kazakhstan!

Someone from an up and coming language center in Kazakhstan liked one of my posts.  When she did, I checked her Instagram out and saw that she was an entrepreneur in Astana, Kazakhstan.  I reached out to her and she referred her husband over. …

Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 2 – Episode 42 – Grammar – Past Perfect Tense

Oh, past perfect is here! Do not fear: Arsenio is here!  Honestly, this is just like the present perfect — it’s just you have an action happening before another action.  Here’s the breakdown for you guys. Look at the sentences.  Which actions happened first?…